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Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Asher
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Benjamin
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Dan


The twelve windows were created by Marc Chagall for the Synagogue of the Hadassah hospital in Jerusalem, which opened on 6th February 1962. They symbolize the twelve sons of Jacob, which made the twelve tribes of Israel. The floor and the inner walls of the Synagogue are made from Jerusalem Stone and the Synagogue is being illuminated by the sunlight and chandeliers.

Marc Chagall, who was present at the opening ceremony, expressed the joy his present to the jewish people gave him:
"...my modest gift to the Jewish people, who have always dreamed of biblical love, of friendship and peace among all people; to that people who lived here, thousands of years ago, among other Semitic people. My hope is that I hereby extend my hand to seekers of culture, to poets and to artists among the neighboring people."


Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Gad
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Isacher
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Joseph


Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Rheuben
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Levi
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Naphtali


The creation of the windows was the wokr of Marc Chagall and his assistant Charles Marq. Both worked for two years on this project. Marq developed special tecniques which allowed Chagall to use up to three colours on one single piece of glass without borders between the colours as it is done in traditional glass paintings. To ensure that each window gets the proper illumination Marq travelled several times to Jerusalem and made tests on the spot.   To unterstand the deeper meaning of the paintings one has to take into account the Marc Chagalls deep identification with the jewish peoples history as well as his own personal background. He was born and raises in the town of Vitebsk.

"All the time I was working," he said, "I felt my father and my mother were looking over my shoulder, and behind them were Jews, millions of other vanished Jews of yesterday and a thousand years ago."


Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Judah
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Simeon
Israel - Jerusalem: The stained glass windows of Marc Chagall
The tribe Zebulon




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